Hearts and Flowers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m excited because this is the first Valentine’s Day that the Firefighter and I have actually ever been in the same place for – in the past one of us has always been away for work. We are cooking  up dinner at home and relaxing. Neither of us are super big on Valentine’s Day, plus…it’s a Tuesday, and we both work tomorrow. It’s a steak dinner and a glass of wine before he passes out pretty early type of night. That’s the life for a firefighter couple sometimes!

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Year of Dates: September//October//November

What a whirlwind the last month has been! Most of it was revolved around my honeymoon – preparing for it, being out of the country for 16 days, and getting back in the swing of things once we returned. Now things are back to a semblance of normal in my daily routine with the Firefighter and Thanksgiving is less than a week away!

I have a ton of things to update on, but to kick off I thought I’d do a quick Year of Dates update. We’ve gotten three more months of dates under our belts and I’m sorry to say that it’s almost been a bit difficult to work them in at all! I guess that’s what life does – times get busy and it’s almost too easy to skip planning dates and special one-on-one time with your significant other. Even with the differences in both of our schedules, though, we’ve managed to work in our ‘special’ date nights.

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Rainy Saturday Inspiration

I’ve been awake since about 2:30 this morning. I’m not too sure what happened, I was completely sleep and then *BAM* I was wide awake. I tossed and turned, nodding off for 15-20 minute time periods here and there, but otherwise all sleeping efforts were in vain.

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Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebrations

The Firefighter and I are not very big on Valentine’s Day. We never really go over the top gift-wise and generally opt to do something at home for dinner versus going out to a restaurant with a prix fix menu. Though truthfully we’ve never really had the option to celebrate that way – this year is the first time in our dating history that we are even in the same state on Valentine’s Day. Hooray for small victories!

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Sinfully Stuffed Brownies

I know that I said that I wanted to bake all kinds of apple delicacies this fall, but last week I needed to come up with a dessert on relatively short notice.

Even though my carmelita’s were requested, I didn’t really want to make the exact same dessert for the same dinner group twice in a row. I wanted to make something a little bit different, while still using the leftover caramel and chocolate chips I had. When I came across this naughty brownie recipe and was inspired.

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Carmelita’s AKA Crack Bars

Dinner get-togethers with friends are the best. Wednesday a friend called to invite the Firefigher and I to taco night. Since I’m known for baking in our group, it was requested we bring the dessert. The one rule that I was given for the dessert direction was that it needed to be a dessert that did not contain peanut butter.

I immediately dove into my Pinterest dessert board recipes to see if anything stood out from the rest. After browsing through just about every recipe ever pinned into these boards, I realized that I have a very real problem: just about every dessert I pin has some form of peanut butter involved.

It was time to start from square one.

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Painting and Cupcakes and Brunches, Oh My…

Yes, I do live in KC.

Yes, the title is a play on words from The Wizard of Oz.

Yes, I do think that is somewhat funny :).

Here’s just a quick overview of what I’ve been up to within the last two weeks…

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